CE/CME

Assessments, Education and Prevention in the Dental Home

Welcome to the training on Assessments, Education and Prevention in the Dental Home provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Credit Hours: 1.25 CE

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Goal

The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps dentists and other dental care professionals to implement nationally recognized dental quality measures such as individualized caries risk assessments and age-appropriate anticipatory guidance to improve oral health for patients ages 3 through 20 years.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps dentists and other interested dental care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the role of the dental home in providing preventive oral health care for children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Specify how to perform caries risk assessments and provide age-appropriate anticipatory guidance as part of routine dental exams.
  3. Apply the schedule of preventive and comprehensive oral health services recommended for children and adolescents enrolled in Texas Health Steps.

NOTE: References to parents in this module also imply guardians or caregivers.

Please note this module expires on 8/31/2024.

This module was released on 8/27/2021.

Patients and Families

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Oral Health FAQs for Families.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Patient Education.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: My Children’s Teeth website.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Oral Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: My Water’s Fluoride, an online lookup for consumers interested in whether their local water system is fluoridated.

Materials from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University offer basic oral hygiene information specific to children with special health-care needs.

Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Oral health care website.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 2-1-1 Texas.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Insurekidsnow.gov website offers an online Find a Dentist tool to help families locate a dentist near their home.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). A recommended short video of a dentist and his staff using the “D-Termined Program of Repetitive Tasking and Familiarization in Dentistry” behavioral management approach to help young children with ASD understand and feel comfortable with dental procedures.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Oral Health for Children with Disabilities fact sheet.

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Medical Definitions

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic, ScienceDirect and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Continuing Dental Education

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has approved this course for continuing education from the Office of Continuing Dental Education.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Continuing Dental Education at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is to provide professional growth opportunities and quality continuing education programs as the needs of the profession demand.

Our Philosophy
It is our firm belief that Continuing Dental Education courses should present the newest developments in patient evaluation, treatment, techniques, products, materials, and equipment even though some of them may be controversial. The Dental School does not endorse the content and philosophy of any Continuing Education course but offers various viewpoints to better serve the practicing dental professional.

Certified Community Health Worker

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program has certified this course for 1.25 contact hour(s) of continuing education for Certified Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker Instructors.

General Disclosure

One of the requirements of continuing education is disclosure of the following information to the learner:

  1. Notice of requirements for successful completion of continuing education activity. To receive continuing education credit the learner must successfully complete the following activities:
    • Create a Texas Health Steps account.
    • Complete on-line registration process.
    • Thoroughly read the content of the module.
    • Complete the on-line examination.
    • Complete the evaluation.
  2. Commercial Support.
    The THSTEPS Web-based Continuing Education Series has received no commercial support.
  3. Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships.
    The THSTEPS Continuing Education Planning Committee and the authors of these modules have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  4. Non-Endorsement Statement.
    Accredited status does not imply endorsement of any commercial products or services by the Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service; Texas Medical Association; or American Nurse Credentialing Center.
  5. Off-Label Use.
    Using a disclosure review process, the THSTEPS Continuing Education Planning Committee has examined documents and has concluded that the authors of these modules have not included content that discusses off-label use (use of products for a purpose other than that for which they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration).

The following are policies and definitions of terms related to continuing education disclosure:

The intent of disclosure is to allow Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Continuing Education Service the opportunity to resolve any potential conflicts of interest to assure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its Continuing Education activities.

All faculty, planners, speakers and authors of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Continuing Education Service sponsored activities are expected to disclose to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Continuing Education Service any relevant financial, relationships with any commercial or personal interest that produces health care goods or services concerned with the content of an educational presentation. Faculty, planners, speakers and authors must also disclose where there are any other potentially biasing relationships of a professional or personal nature.

Glossary of Terms

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect Continuing Education content about products or services of a commercial interest with which she/he has a financial relationship or where there are any other potentially biasing relationships of a professional or personal nature.

Commercial Interest: Any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Financial Relationships: Those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected. Relevant financial relationships would include those within the past 12 months of the person involved in the activity and a spouse or partner. Relevant financial relationships of your spouse or partner are those of which you are aware at the time of this disclosure.

Off Label: Using products for a purpose other that that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Health-Care Providers

Dental Managed Care Organizations (DMOs) Contact Information

  • DentaQuest Provider Services Contact Center
    800-896-2374
  • MCNA Dental Provider Relations
    855-776-6262
  • UnitedHealthcare Dental
    800-822-5353